As every Scot knows, salt must be put into the oatmeal from the start, before cooking, not afterward. In a similar way, Christ can never be added as an afterthought to an already full and committed life. It's possible to attempt to use the Master and His power to fulfill our desires and plans for the people we love and still give Him the one position He will not accept: second place.

-Lloyd John Ogilvie in

"The Heart of God"


The meek man is not a human mouse afflicted with a sense of his own inferiority. Rather, he may be in his moral life as bold as a lion and as strong as Samson; but he has stopped being fooled about himself. He has accepted God's estimate of his own life. He knows he is as weak and helpless as God has declared him to be, but paradoxically, he knows at the same time that he is, in the sight of God, more important than angels. … He knows well that the world will never see him as God sees him and he has stopped caring.

-A. W. Tozer in

"The Pursuit of God"


The kind of successor I may get may depend a great deal on the kind of predecessor I've been and how I've related to my own predecessor. To reject the past and ignore the future while thinking only of my ministry in my era, is both selfish and foolish.

-Warren W. Wiersbe in

his autobiography, "Be Myself"


Something is wrong in

the man to whom the sunrise is not a divine glory,

for therein is embodied

the truth, the simplicity, and the might of the Maker. …

Alongside the gentle meeting of earth and

sky, … the great burst of

a new morning, the sordid affairs of mammon sink to the bottom of things and have little more interest.

-George MacDonald

in "Discovering the Character ...

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